Spring Gardening: Clearing Plant Debris

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Many times winter damages some plants and when they are harvested, there is plant debris left behind. Farm and care for plants correctly and safely with these spring gardening preparation tips from an experienced farmer in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Danny Botkin

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Here we're looking at a very high value Cold Frame that could be used for early protected starts or a main crop, trellised main crop, and it's tempting to get right into it and plant. However, there's a great deal to be said for cleaning and clearing your last years' debris, first off. Now this rickety little fence might be useful to me, but more likely, it's going to be in the way, and I could re-create it very quickly. So I'm just going to take the opportunity right now to do a little bit of clearing work and this not only gives me access to the bed, but it allows me to begin to re-create the spacial situation, the reality of which crop we're going to put in next, and now I have access to the bed, good to get all the debris out, these sticks can be trucked up to a depot. However, notice that I'm keeping all the mulch in place, it's tempting to peel back the mulch to get at the beautiful, rich soil underneath and plant. However this mulch is critical in keeping the bed well moisturized and well protected from the damaging effects of the Sun.